Netherlands: PhD candidate in Humanities at University of Amsterdam

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Job description

The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis currently has two vacant PhD positions as part of the NWO project Delicate Relations: Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam and London, led by Prof. dr. Gerard Wiegers and dr. Sipco Vellenga (University of Amsterdam). In the project cooperation exists with other scholars (including Prof. dr. Judith Frishman, Leiden University and Prof dr. Maleiha Malik, King’s College London) and social partners (among which the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security). Applications are now invited from excellent candidates who wish to conduct empirical research on the complex present-day relations between Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam and London, in the light of their local, national and international (historical, social, political) contexts. One project focuses on Amsterdam, the other on  London.

Project description

The two projects aim to describe and analyze the relations between Jewish and Muslim groups in Amsterdam (project 1:13-337) and London (project 2:13-338). Representations and practices will be analyzed. The focus is on forms of opposition as well as on forms of cooperation. Jewish – Muslim relations will be studied within a theoretical framework that is rooted in the work of Pierre Bourdieu, complemented by theories the dynamics of interreligious conflict and cooperation. Various methods of qualitative research will be used.


Tasks will include

  • Completion and defence of a PhD thesis within four years;
  • regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences, and three peer-reviewed articles to be co-authored with other researchers of the group;
  • participation in the training program of the relevant research school.


  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent grades in one of the relevant fields, such as Religious Studies, Islamic studies, Jewish studies, Sociology or Anthropology of Religion, and, preferably, a combination of these fields;
  • good qualitative research skills;
  • good academic writing and presentation skills;
  • excellent communication, social and organisational skills;
  • proficiency in English and Dutch, excellent skills in Dutch with regard to the project in Amsterdam and English with regard to the project in London. Working language of both projects will be English.

Conditions of employment

The PhD candidates will be appointed at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. Each appointment is for 4 years for 1,0 fte under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. In the first instance, a contract will be given for 16 months, with an extension for the following 32 months on the basis of a positive evaluation. The starting date of the contract is 1 February 2014.

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